All posts by Kimberly Marie Lynn

Millennials losing interest in voting

It seems as if the current generation of U.S. citizens who are newly eligible to vote on issues and in elections have an extreme lack of interest in actually voting.

Millennials are considered to be anyone who reached the age of adulthood near the year 2000, and they are a big category of people to win over during elections and voting times.

A Harvard survey revealed nearly one out of three millennials did not believe that running for any type of position, including president, in the government was an honorable thing to do.

Additionally, two out of three surveyed believed politicians only run for selfish reasons and they do not really want to help the American people.

One of the many theories said to have started the lack of interest in politics in general is the Obama presidency.

Obama’s presidential campaign called out for change and reforms which many millennials do not believe were carried through; therefore, causing a lack of faith and desire to put in the effort to vote again.

Another theory is millennials have a feeling of hopelessness when it comes to America and reforming it to what they would like it to be.

“I don’t think anything could really get me to change my mind about voting. Maybe when I’m 18, but I doubt it,” junior Ethan Myers from Hudson High School said.

The majority of millennials believe there is nothing they can do to change anything about how America currently is and it causes them to lose interest in anything related to politics.

“I feel like I should be [interested in politics], because it has such a big impact on my country, but I’m not. I feel that I don’t have that large of an impact on my country when I vote,” Myers said.

Mid-term elections specifically seem to be the lowest interest to millennials. In 2010, only 21% of the people who voted were age 18-24.

Historically, there has never been in time in any country’s government that has had more young people vote more than their elders.

While youth votes have never been plenty, the past few years has resulted in major decreases in youth voting throughout the world in general.

The usual excuse people use is millennials are just “too lazy” to get out in vote, but that is not actually the case. Millennials volunteer more than their elders, and they are less likely to drink excessively or use drugs and are much better educated than their older companions.

Another theory of why millennials are lacking an interest in politics is their lack of connections and caring about the things going on around them.

In 1970, the average women married and settled down before she was 21, causing her and her husband to care about schools and hospitals and things of that nature because it affects their children.

Now, women wait on average to get married and settle down until they are 26 which means the 18-24 bracket of voters do not have the family ties to pull their interest into politics.

Millennials do not care about politics because they do not have an immediate reason to. There is no tie to the government that causes them to really think about what is going on around them.

Many claim Obama owes his presidency to the millennials. Obama won over the youth vote and had historically high amounts of youth voters vote in his favor.

The Weeknd’s journey to the spotlight

     Abel Tesfaye is slowly growing more and more popular in the music industry. Tesfaye is more commonly known as The Weeknd, and he is gradually earning a name for himself.

     Tesfaye is originally from Canada, where he met producer Jeremy Rose. Rose had the idea for The Weeknd, and after pitching it to Tesfaye and another artist, decided to go with Tesfaye after hearing him freestyle.

     Performing under the name “The Weeknd,” Tesfaye released songs, “What You Need,” “Loft Music,” and “The Morning,” in 2010. Other songs were recorded, but Rose made the decision to discard them.

     Taking action himself, Tesfaye made a Youtube channel for The Weeknd and uploaded songs without revealing his actual name. The channel ended up getting a lot of attention and a high amount of views.

     At one point, fellow rapper Drake caught wind of “The Weeknd” and encouraged people to look into him. Tesfaye slowly started to gain more fans as time went on.

     In March of 2011, Tesfaye released a 9-track mixtape called House of Balloons for free in his website. Three months later, he set out on his first tour.

     “’House of Balloons’ was special because I had no deadlines, and nobody knew me, so there were no expectations. Spent a year making it perfect. Every song had at least, like, 7 different versions to them before picking the right one,” The Weeknd said.

     He then appeared as a special guest performer for Drake at his second Annual OVO Fest. Tesfaye would always refuse interviews and would only speak through Twitter.

     His second mixtape, Thursday, and his third mixtape, Echoes of Silence, eventually were grouped together with his House of Balloons mixtape and became known as The House of Balloons Trilogy.

     September of 2012, The Weeknd signed with Republic Records in a joint deal with his own impact label, OX. Tesfaye officially gave Rose credit for the songs he wrote for him.

     Having been featured in songs with Drake, Ariana Grande and Sia have certainly helped promote The Weeknd and has helped contribute to his success thus far.

    He has been featured in movies as well, such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with his song “Devil May Cry,” and Fifty Shades of Grey with his song, “Earned It.”

    While most people might not know the name Abel Tesfaye, many people are familiar with The Weeknd. The Weekend keeps getting more popular with every song he puts out, and he has no intention of stopping.

Earth Day encourages people to make Earth a cleaner place

The one day of the year everyone gets together and helps make the Earth a cleaner place is coming fast: Earth Day.

In 1969, a terrible oil spill occurred in Santa Barbara, California. A current Wisconsin senator, Gaylord Nelson, then came up with the idea of Earth Day.

The oil spill caused many students to start taking part in making the Earth a cleaner, better place than it was previously. Nelson thought if he could take the same motivation and have it happen again, it would be more successful than it was with the oil spill.

Nelson constructed a team to help promote the idea of celebrating the Earth nationwide. The main focus was to encourage people to get involved with cleaning the Earth even without a disaster occurring.

As a result of Nelson’s campaign, on April 22, 20 million Americans participated in cleaning the Earth. Americans gathered in streets, parks and auditoriums to promote healthy ways to live to help the planet.

Organizations against subjects like power plants, pollution of water and raw sewage all realized they shared common beliefs with Nelson.

After the first Earth Day, the United States Environmental Protection Agency was created. Along with acts like the Endangered Species Act.

In 1990, Earth Day went viral and over 200 million people in 141 different countries participated.

In 2010, participants were really pushed to the test. With pollution and total disregard for the environment at an all time high, participants really had to be persistent in their efforts.

Some countries and communities have deemed the week of April 22nd as Earth Week. In some places, the month of April is known as Earth Month.

People should care more about the Earth on more than just one day, week, or month and should really take more time to consider the Earth in daily life.

Earth Day was not created for people to just show love for the Earth and environment for just one day. The day was created for people to practice healthier lifestyles daily that help better the planet.

DECA sends students to state competition

DECA students from the high school  travelled to Columbus to compete at states. They competed in different categories to determine the best business salesman/woman.

Students who placed high enough will go on to further competitions. Any student who placed 4th and up in a competition was invited to go to the next one as well.

Distributive Education Clubs of America, DECA, is a way for high school and college students to prepare for their future, or current, college major.

DECA has 200,000 high school members with DECA clubs in 3,500 schools worldwide. DECA also has 15,000 college members with DECA in 275 colleges.

DECA is in all 50 states. Also, it is in The District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain.

One reason DECA was created is to help people become better equipped to start their own business and handle all the affairs of their business.

The main idea of DECA is to help students planning to major in entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA will help work with students and give them the skills they need.

DECA is not only for students planning to major in those areas: DECA also works to help further student’s knowledge in teamwork skills, leadership and individual growth.

By teaching students teamwork skills, leadership and growth, the program will help students later on in life. These skillsets are needed in every major for college, and also in the real world.

Each DECA competition has five different subjects students can compete in; business management and administration, entrepreneurship, marketing, finance and hospitality and tourism.

More specific subjects students can compete in are sports, hospitality, sales, human resources, marketing communications, business services, retail, advertising, fashion, entrepreneurship and accounting.

All five categories have more specific and detailed subcategories for the students to choose from. There is about 56 subcategories all together.

Students can compete solo in competitions, and people who placed first through fifth got to advance to state level. Students can also compete in two person teams, and the top three, they advance to state level.

“Those in the top four or five of their event can continue onto nationals which is in Orlando, Florida this April,” Lisa Mowles, one of the DECA advisors, said.

Stow’s DECA has 30 students who competed to win a spot in the state level competition. Of the 30 students that qualified, 25 of them made it to states.

High school students from all over the country compete in DECA competitions, including some college students. There is a DECA organization in all 50 states.

Stow is part of DECA’s district XI. District XI includes: Stow, Tallmadge, Kent Roosevelt, Firestone, Coventry, Wadsworth, Barberton, Springfield, Buchtel, Kenmore, Trumbell Country Career Center and East.